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Before A COVID-19 Outbreak Occurs In Your Community: Creating A Household Plan

Before a COVID-19 Outbreak Occurs in Your Community: Creating a Household Plan

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• Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
• Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications – older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions.
• Plan a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible). Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
• Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a social media page or Nextdoor.com page, join it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
• Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
• Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, local public health dept [www.countyofsb.org/phd], and other community resources.
• Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed. Learn about the emergency operations plan at their facility.

PLAN FOR POTENTIAL CHANGES AT YOUR WORKPLACE.

• Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members.

DURING A COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN YOUR COMMUNITY PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS:

• Stay home from work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
• Keep away from others who are sick.
• Limit close contact with others as much as possible – about 6 feet.

PUT YOUR HOUSEHOLD PLAN INTO ACTION

• Keep up-to-date about local COVID-19 activity from @One805sb Twitter and public health officials
• Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area.
• Stay home if you are sick. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If a member of your household is sick, stay home from school and work to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.
• If your children are in the care of others, urge caregivers to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.
• Use the separate room and bathroom you prepared for sick household members. Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable face masks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
• If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection.
• Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you live alone and become sick during a COVID-19 outbreak, you may need help. Ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends with chronic medical conditions.
• Take care of the emotional health of your household members. Outbreaks can be stressful for adults and children. Children respond differently to stressful situations than adults. Talk with your children about the outbreak, try to stay calm, and reassure them that they are safe.
• Inform your workplace if you need to change your regular work schedule
• Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN DURING AN OUTBREAK

• If your child become sick with COVID-19, notify their childcare facility or school. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.
• Keep track of school dismissals in your community. Read or watch local media sources and @One805sb Twitter. If schools are dismissed temporarily, use alternative childcare arrangements, if needed.
• Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

[source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html]

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